Essay on Building a Diverse Workforce Trough Nondiscrimination

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Building a Diverse Workforce Through Nondiscrimination
Bruce E. Schwab
OMGT 5113 – Human Resource Management
October 9, 2012

Building a Diverse Workforce Through Nondiscrimination
American history has been marked by its people’s persistent and determined efforts to expand the scope of their civil rights. Although equal rights for all were affirmed in the founding documents of this country, many American’s were still denied essential employment rights. Because of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, many laws were passed and enacted barring an employer from discriminating against employees on most grounds. Aside from the quality of an employee's work or the nature of his or her personality, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
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According to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (effective June 11, 1964), no employer within an establishment in which employees are employed shall discriminate against employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which they pay wages to employees of the opposite sex for equal work that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Clearinghouse, 2012). Since passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women have made enormous progress in the workforce; however, it remains a fact that four-and-a-half decades later the basic goal of the act has yet to be completely realized (Brunner, 2007).
Age discrimination in the workplace
Workplace age prejudice is a discrimination practice that has profoundly plagued our society. In blatant acts of age discrimination, senior employees are not considered for employment or promotion despite their years of relevant experience and proven records of accomplishment (Mann, 2012). Not only does age discrimination affect the morale of senior employees, it also reduces the overall productivity of the same organizations that practice this discriminatory act.
In the United States, older workers today are protected

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